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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

KEEPING SCORE

MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Mar212017

MiLB Adds Terminix, Maids, Other Service Providers In Wide-Ranging Corporate Deal

By Barry Janoff

March 21, 2017: Although the name ServiceMaster Global Holdings may not be top-of-mind with baseball fans, some of the companies under its umbrella might be more familiar, including Terminix, Merry Maids and American Home Shield.

ServiceMaster Global Holdings will now get front-and-center attention with the 244 member teams and more than 41 million fans who attend Minor League Baseball games.

MilB and Memphis-based ServiceMaster have signed a multi-year deal naming the company a corporate partner of the baseball organization.

"ServiceMaster's commitment to local community partners echoes Minor League Baseball's commitment to delivering a first-class, family-friendly ballpark experience for our fans," David Wright, CMO and chief commercial officer for MiLB, said in a statement.

"Through this partnership, we will connect MiLB's devoted and engaged fan base with ServiceMaster and its impressive list of brands and services,” said Wright.

ServiceMaster's brands will become the official designator of MiLB in several different categories:

• American Home Shield is now the official home warranty for MiLB.

• AmeriSpec is the official home and commercial property inspector.

• Furniture Medic is the official furniture repair and restoration specialist.

• Merry Maids is the official home cleaning provider.

• ServiceMaster Clean is the official commercial cleaning provide.

• ServiceMaster Restore is the official disaster restoration specialist.

• Terminix is now the official pest control specialist for MiLB.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

ServiceMaster said it would have multi-platform activation to support the alliance, including a "ServiceMaster Ballpark Tour" at select MiLB ballparks nationwide.

MiLB corporate partners also include Esurance, Bush’s, Uncle Ray’s, E&J Gallo, Crayola, John Deere and SunRun.

According to Pete Tosches, ServiceMaster's svp-corporate communications, "ServiceMaster is built on a foundation of providing essential services – both to our customers and the communities where our employees live and work.

“Much like Minor League Baseball, ServiceMaster employees, franchisees and contractors are committed to their local communities. This partnership will help connect consumers to the trusted service professionals who protect and maintain 75,000 U.S. homes and businesses each day,” said Tosches.

The ServiceMaster Experience traveling display is a 53-foot, double-expandable trailer custom-built to resemble a home. It provides people with an interactive experience outside the ballpark, along with branded giveaways, games and other touch-points.

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